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PACRA Assigns Initial Entity Ratings to Spud Energy Pty Limited (Pakistan Branch)

Rating Type Entity
(16-Jan-19 )
Action Initial
Long Term A-
Short Term A2
Outlook Stable
Rating Watch -

Spud Energy Pty Limited (Pakistan Branch) is engaged in upstream Oil and Gas business in Pakistan. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jura Energy Corporation, public company listed on TSX Venture Exchange. The Board of Jura Energy Corporation, comprising six members, exercises oversight over the company. The control environment is considered a plus. Auditors of the company are A. F. Ferguson & Co, Chartered Accountants. Currently, the company has 40% working interest in Zarghun South Development and Production lease, from where the company is predominantly deriving its revenue. The other revenue stream is from the Guddu Block with four different Development and Production leases. The impact of circular debt prevailing in the country is a concern, yet the lag is not significant in case of Spud Energy Pty Limited (Pakistan Branch) particularly. The strength of the business reflects in the US dollar based pricing and its collection in US dollar directly into the foreign currency bank accounts. Spud Energy Pty Limited's (Pakistan Branch) management is pursuing an expansion strategy with the aim to make additions to its revenue stream which would support the business bottom-line. This is expected to be debt driven. Yet, the cash flow position is considered supportive. The company has a receivable from a group company, where the operational revenues are close to materialization.
The ratings are dependent on sustained competitive positioning of the company, while upholding good governance practices through its parent Company i.e. Jura Energy Corporation. Volatility in business margins and prevailing inter-corporate circular debt issue in the oil and gas industry of Pakistan remain key areas of consideration. Financial discipline is considered core to the ratings, with enduring emphasis on maintaining relevant coverages and fulfilling the debt covenants.

About the Entity
Spud Energy Pty Limited, a Company with limited liability, incorporated in Australia on May 2, 1996. Spud Energy operates in Pakistan through a branch office in Islamabad.

The BoD of Spud Energy Pty Limited comprises of three members. The decision making for Spud Energy Pty Limited is carried out by the parent company’s board i.e. Jura Energy Corporation which afterwards is disseminated downward to Spud Energy Pty Limited’s board. Jura Energy Corporation’s comprises of six members, out of which three are independent, two are non-executives and one is an executive director.The management team is headed by Mr. Nadeem Farooq as Chief Executive Officer. He is assisted by a small and competent team of industry professionals.

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